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Six Things We Learned from Kanye West at the Made in America Festival

By  September 03, 2014

When Glam bid farewell to summer over Labor Day weekendKanye West became a part of the deal—we’d nabbed tickets to his Philadelphia Made in America Festival headliner, after all. What we didn’t know is that in our first encounter with Yeezus post BBC interview, baby, and bride, is that he could be so… enchanting.

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The Chicago emcee has garnered a polarizing rep over the past few years, if not for his frank interviews, run-ins with the paparazzi, and unabashed displays of self-love, then for marrying a woman many love to hate. Love or loathe him, there’s no denying West’s musical prowess: in collaboration, on record, and live on stage.

The latter was evident during the Saturday finale of “big brother” Jay Z’s Philadelphia festival stage. Though we came in expecting a late show, West respected the fête’s curfew and started on time. Though we expected a drawn-out lamentation on his A-list woes, West kept it all about the music, and weaved his musings in between songs without missing a beat. Though we thought his performance would be relegated to songs solely from Yeezus, West pleasantly surprised us—by surprised, we mean mosh pitting and screaming for more—with his bangers like “Jesus Walks,” “Run This Town,” and “All of the Lights.” He did, however, wear that mask.

Here are six more things West made sure to convey over his Labor Day set. Maybe summer isn’t so cruel after all.

1. He works hard, and it’s not laughing matter“To now, 37 years old, I’m still on this mother______. We work extremely hard, and people want to make a joke out of how hard we work… Whether it’s South Park making a joke a long time ago about us going to fashion shows. Whether it’s MTV recently making a joke, [referencing Jay Pharaoh’s VMAs impersonation]… it’s fine, it’s all funny and everything, but, don’t distract from our mission. It’s not a joke what we do up here. This music that we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke.”

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2. Neither is his marriage to Kim Kardashian. “When I was at an all-black school and people used to pick at the white girl at the school, that was not a joke. So for me to be in a very publicized, interracial relationship, it’s not a joke. It’s something that you should treat with respect. Because we’re all in this together.”

3. He won’t stand for segregation of any form. They try to make it seem like a self-absorbed thing, but the bottom line is I want to be able to create more. To create more that can help more people. When I did The College Dropoutthere hadn’t been music like that at that time. It was the segregation between what they called hip-hop and gangster rap. I used to get booed at… shows for wearing a Roc-A-Fella chain. It was the segregation. There’s many ideas of segregation: you can’t sit at this table… And then you get to the idea of “New Slaves.” That sh__ is serious, what I’m talking about on there.”

4. He still loves the press. “I’ve got love for Sway, I’ve got love for Charlamagne [the God], I’ve got love for all these people, anybody in the media… I know everybody’s doing their job. But before we go to the next song, I want people the realize, what we do, we put our love, our heart, our pain, our story, our lives into it, until 3:00 a.m., every night in the studio for this.”

5. Don’t listen to the lies“They’ve got a problem with me or they hate me, something like that, something like that [he sang this part, twice]… What’s the reason why they would say that Kanye is not a good guy? The only thing that I do is I tell the truth, and if I tell the truth, and I’m not a good guy, what that means is what they tell you the rest of the time is all lies.”

6. There’s nothing wrong with class“What makes that Mercedes-Benz so much better than that Toyota? Well, that’s called class. It’s what motivates you to pay more for school, so that you can get a better job, so that you can get a better house, so that you can get a better car, so that you can be in a better class system. That’s called class. Not just an E-Class, or a C-class.”

Music Musings: Nick Irwin Gets Runway Ready for NYFW

By  September 03, 2014

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Nothing sets the mood at a fashion show like the music, and industry insiders are getting into the mix. TIGI Global Creative Director Nick Irwin is one stylist who actually DJed on the side last season. He chatted with Glam about what tunes are the best for the shows and even shared an exclusively playlist to get you pumped to hit Lincoln Center and celebrate the end of the summer in style.

Does your backstage playlist change from season to season?

There are some songs that I love that remind me of certain events that I like being reminded of when I’m working – like being backstage at my first runway show, my childhood, my wedding, etc. But I also like to mix in other songs that are new or that I’m loving at the moment. I also try to keep the playlist full of songs with high-energy beats that keep the team moving. With hair tests and 6:00 a.m. show call times, our days can be very long and you have to keep the energy flowing!

What artists and songs are you currently loving?

Todd Terje, Harry Thumann’s “Underwater,” The Ganges Orchestra’s  “The Dream,” Michael McDonald’s “Sweet Freedom,” Tullio de Piscopo’s “Bajon (Appo remix),” T Coy’s “Carino.”

How do you come across new artists/songs? Is it an organic process or do you go out searching for new music?

I’m constantly bouncing around on Soundcloud looking for new songs and mixes. I also have a lot of friends – including TIGI Creative Teammates – who love music as much as I do and we’re always sharing new finds. A great friend of mine, DJ Mark Farina, always points me in the right direction by sending me tracks.

Why is a good playlist key backstage/on set?

I like to keep my team motivated and excited when we’re backstage. It’s a hectic time and we only have a certain, short amount of time to get 20+ models ready and looking perfect for the runway. A good playlist can set the stage and vibe to keep everyone on track and in the right attitude to deliver an amazing hair look. It also gives the models a great energy boost before they head out onto the catwalk.

When I’m working on photoshoots and on-set, it’s all about setting the mood that needs to be captured on film. When everyone on set is on the same page, it makes for an even better end result in the photo. 

Star Scoop: In Bed with Mrs. West, First Look at NBC’s Peter Pan, Say Goodbye to the Boardwalk (Empire)

By  September 03, 2014

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If Kim Kardashian is known for anything—reality television, an addictive app, keeping Nori laced in the finest of designers—it’s her body. Mrs. West celebrated that fact as British GQ’s Woman of the Year in a nude spread that could almost put Rihanna to shame. Almost. Still, we’re certain she’s not frayed by any leaks.  [E! Online]

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… a first look at Allison Williams as Peter Pan. The star of NBC’s next live musical feat has traded in her signature brunette locks and refined red carpet style for a pixie, green spandex, and fishnet tights. [Vulture]

Fans of Nucky Thompson and Chalky White are lamenting Boardwalk Empire’s final bow. If there’s anything you take from this review, though, it’s that the drama’s “more sweeping and cinematic” aesthetic and acclaimed storytelling make the Prohibition finale one to remember. [Variety]

We told you Disney wasn’t through being cold. The studio announced that there’s more from the Frozen franchise on the way, starting with a 2015 short film called Frozen Fever, featuring characters from the animated hit. The short will center around Anna’s birthday and how “Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.” [Huffington Post]

Baby Bruce Wayne is headed to Netflix. The streaming giant has attained the rights to Fox’s Gotham ahead of its September 22 series premiere. Gotham will be made available internationally on Netflix after its first season, an unprecedented deal that “[grants] Netflix multi-territory rights as opposed to the typical country-by-country dealmaking,” according to Variety. [The Verge]

 

Star Scoop: Meet Mrs. Dwyane Wade, Kim K. is So Awesome, FBI Probes JLaw Leak

By  September 02, 2014

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Bring on the bride! Gabrielle Union walked down the aisle and wed her basketball beau, Dwyane Wade in a black-and-white affair over the weekend. Clad in a bespoke Dennis Basso gown, the bride said her I Do’s in front of a star-studded congregation, including comedian Kevin Hart, fellow Miami Heat player Chris Bosh, and former Wade teammate Lebron James. The couple share their Labor Day anniversary with Ashlee Simpson and Diana Ross’ son Evan Ross; and Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg. [ABC News]

Speaking of weddings, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s European nuptials are still making headlines. We caught a glimpse of the couple’s ceremony during the season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and dare we say it was oh, so sweet?! Especially West’s “Awesome” ode to his then bride-to-be. [Vulture]

Apple hackers, Apple hackers, what’cha gonna do? The FBI is coming for you. The federal strong-arm is investigating the leak of compromising celebrity photos that appeared across the web over the weekend. Among the A-list targets are Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, whose reps say they will prosecute the distribution of any images to the furthest extent of the law. RihannaKirsten Dunst, and Avril Lavigne were also victims in the hack; if the outcome of this case is anything like that of Christopher Chaney in 2012, the culprit could face up to 10 years behind bars. [CNN]

After weeks atop the box office, this comes as no surprise: Guardians of the Galaxy is now the highest-grossing film of 2014. It’s made $262.1 million domestically since its August 1 debut, surpassing the half-billion dollar mark in international ticket sales. [Entertainment Weekly]

We know it’s a little early for a throwback, but this rare footage of a “I Kissed a Girl” Katy Perry, when she was still Katy Hudson, is worthy of a play. [Huffington Post]

Speaking of Perry, her ex-husband Russell Brand has a new documentary in the works, based on footage captured over the past five years. [Variety]

Taylor Swift Has Got The Voice

By  September 02, 2014

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Taylor Swift isn’t done shaking things up.

Just days after her first pop single debuted at number one, Swift has signed up as a celebrity adviser on season seven of The Voice. Unlike mentors Stevie NicksAlicia Keys, Little Big Town, and Gavin Rossdale, who’ve been assigned to teams helmed by Adam LevinePharrellBlake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani, respectively, Swift will be free to float among all teams and offer her advice to all center stage hopefuls, much like Chris Martin did in season six.

The Emmy award-winning show’s September 22 debut falls a month before Swift’s fifth album, 1989, drops in October. Though it’s prime publicity for what’s sure to be Swift’s next multi-platinum affair, her appearance could also boost the NBC flagship’s flagging ratings, which have fallen 25 percent since last year. How do you haters like that?

Stylish Films to Watch Before Fashion Week

By  September 02, 2014

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Fashion Week: Glam’s most wonderful—and hectic—time of the year. The designers, the models, the street style, the celebrities, the parties… and the new collections that tie it all together. On the eve of all things Spring 2015, we’re getting into a sartorial state of mind with some of the most-fashionable films of all time. From 1957’s Funny Face starring the incomparable Audrey Hepburn, to this year’s competing Yves Saint Laurent biographies, these are the sixteen movies we’re watching in style.

Baby On Board: Carrie Underwood Announces Pregnancy!

By  September 02, 2014

For many, Labor Day marks the end of beachside bonfires, tropical non voyages, and backyard barbecues. For Carrie Underwood, it was the backdrop for a special delivery.

The 31-year-old Grand Ole Opry inductee announced September 1 that she and husband Mike Fisher of the NHL’s Nashville Predators were expecting their first child.

“In honor of ‘Labor’ Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement,” she shared in an Instagram snapshot with her two pups, dressed in “big brother” and “big sister” tees. “Their parents couldn’t be happier.”

The couple, who reside in Nashville, Temnessee, wed in July 2010 after two years of dating; and, if Underwood’s 2009 cover story with Self magazine comes full circle, this pregnancy is only the first.

“Someday I’d like a family – not a big one, but not a small one either,” she said in the feature. “Two kids is good; three is fine. Four? Somebody’s getting something done, because we ain’t having five!”

 

Star Scoop: Kendall Goes Solo, Anaconda Attacks, Britney Spears’ Billion-Dollar Brand

By  August 29, 2014

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Prince. Madonna. Beyoncé. Cher. They’re just a few of the powerful, mononymous figures of our time. Now, you can add Kendall Jenner to the list. The budding supermodel, with plenty of high-fashion cred to boot, dropped the Jenner from her model comp cards. It’s all part of Jenner’s Kendall’s plan to distance herself from the Kardashian-Jenner reality empire and be taken serious in fashun. Let’s see if it ups her runway count this season. [Glam Chic]

Sales for Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” have increased, And it’s not because of her ass-tastic video. The hike is all thanks to her ass-tastic performance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Usher, Beyoncé, and 5 Seconds of Summer also saw considerable sales jumps post-show, but nothing compared to Minaj’s 132% gain. [Billboard]

Britney Spears has had a whirlwind career: from near overnight success with “… Baby One More Time,” to a public breakdown circa 2007, and a redemptive comeback capped off with a $15 million contract to judge The X Factor. Now, with a Las Vegas residency, with potential to gross hundreds of millions, it’s worth the time to take a look at how her billion-dollar empire survived it all. Something tells us it had to do with working… b*tch. [Variety]

Amazon was far ahead of competitors when it announced that it was developing a drone delivery system to meet customer demands—or so it seems. Google is working on a similar program, dubbed Project Wing, that hopes to launch in the near future. It’s been secretly working on the initiative since 2011, and, as expressed in this video, has a prototype the company is willing to stand behind. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Diane Sawyer isn’t the only on-air authority to have signed off this week. Chelsea Clinton, special correspondent for NBC News, is leaving her post to focus on the Clinton Foundation, her pregnancy… and quite possibly, her mother’s suspected 2016 presidential bid. [Politico]

Star Scoop: Lady Gaga Crowns Queen, Taylor Swift Shakes up the Charts, Diane Sawyer Signs Off

By  August 28, 2014

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Mother Monster is “the happiest girl in the world.” On a day off from her ARTPOP Ball Tour, Lady Gaga made a surprise performance in Australia with Adam Lambert and Queen. “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before,” she continued. “I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild.” [Billboard]

If you thought Taylor Swift would have trouble transitioning from country to pop, think again. Her new single “Shake It Off,” which she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, landed the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after just one full week out. Guess her haters heard that loud and clear. [Billboard]

Diane Sawyer is signing off. The broadcast vet stood up from her ABC World News anchor desk for the last time Tuesday night. She’d been the face of the broadcast for the past five years but this isn’t the last we’ll see of her. “On a personal note, as I said I’m not going far,” she said. “Down the hall, up the stairs, and I am not slowing down but gearing up in a new way, already at work on some of the stories that take you into the real lives around us, the ones we rarely get to see.” [ELLE]

We know, and love, Shonda Rhimes as being the force behind shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, but this fall, she’s making her on-camera debut. Rhimes will have a guest spot on episode three of The Mindy Project where she’ll star as herself. Should be easy enough. [TV Line]

Fresh off his Emmys win for directing made-for-TV movie The Normal HeartRyan Murphy is giving us a peek at his more sinister side. Here’s your first look at the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show. [Huffington Post]

40-Love: Take in the US Open, American Express Style

By  August 28, 2014

Games within sets, sets within matches, and proclamations of “40-love” to round it all out—regular tennis spectators are more than familiar with the sport, but novices may not be as quick to keep up. With the commencement of the 2014 US Open, though, American Express makes sure that all fans, new and old, partake in the spender of tennis whites, hard surfaces, and Grey Goose Honey Deuce cocktails, in style.

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American Express, an official sponsor of the bout, is back with its third US Open Fan Experience: a two-story coven, complete with a full-sized tennis court, for cardholders to cool off and immerse themselves in an environment where style, technology, and tennis meet. Before taking in Roger Federer and Serena Williams’s respective round one wins, we hung out at AmEx’s US Open Fan Experience and found five things you should do when gearing up for the Grand Slam.

1. Get a preview of James Murphy’s tennis-data inspired mix. The DJ and LCD Soundsystem front man is working with IBM to turn tennis data from each match into algorithms that will, in turn, yield 400 hours of music. Listen here.

2. Swing that thing. Ever wondered where you rank amongst heavy hitting UTSA pros? Stop by the Swing Analysis station where cutting-edge technology will measure your impact, racquet speed, and spin rate, so you can…

3. Serve it up on the Fan Court. This full-size, kid-friendly court offers tennis sessions for children 10 and under, clinics, and meet-and-greets with pro tennis players like Jack Sock and Monica Puig.

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4. Strike a pose with Sloane Stephens. If you can’t catch the 21-year-old phenom on the court, you can pose with her hologram in a card-members only section of the Fan Experience. Or, if you prefer to pose solo…

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5. Get candid with the brand-new Ram Cam. Grab a racquet, and have your best tennis pose caught on a 180-degree candid camera.

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As a bonus, the AmEx enclave offers a retrospective on stand-out tennis court style; Mophie juice packs and charging stations; a US Open-synced radio; and, for the first time ever, a MyOpen, RFID wristband to capture your entire Fan Experience and deliver it straight to your inbox. Any other day in Queens won’t quite compare.